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Obama Puts US Coastal Drilling ‘On Hold’

From those defenders of the pristine wilderness of Gaia at the San Francisco Chronicle:

A paddle boarder makes his way along the coastline after sunset in Cardiff, California, January 31, 2009.

White House puts coastal drilling plans on hold

Zachary Coile, Chronicle Washington Bureau

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Washington — President Obama is shelving a plan announced in the final days of the Bush presidency to open much of the U.S. coast to oil and gas drilling, including 130 million acres off California’s shores from Mendocino to San Diego.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar put the plan on hold Tuesday while his agency conducts a 180-day review. But Salazar’s critical comments about the proposal made clear that the new administration will rewrite it if not completely scrap it.

"It opened the possibility of oil and gas leases along the entire Eastern seaboard, portions of offshore California and the far eastern Gulf of Mexico with almost no consultation from states, industry or community input," Salazar said at a news conference in Washington. "In my view, it was a headlong rush of the worst kind."

He echoed comments made by Obama last year that the administration would be open to more offshore drilling but only as part of a broader policy focused on producing more renewable energy from wind, solar and geothermal power…

Salazar also ordered his agency to finalize rules to speed the development of offshore renewable energy, such as offshore wind turbines, tidal and wave energy and other emerging technologies, which he said the Bush administration had delayed

The Bush rules would have opened most of the U.S. coastline to exploration, from the Gulf of Maine to the Chesapeake Bay and the Outer Banks of North Carolina to the Gulf of Mexico, as well as areas of Alaska’s Bristol Bay and the Arctic Ocean.

In California, the plan would have allowed drilling on 44 million acres of federal waters off Humboldt and Mendocino counties, and 89 million acres off San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles and San Diego counties. One of the leases would have required special drilling equipment to reach oil beneath the Santa Barbara Ecological Preserve.

California officials praised the Obama administration for slowing down the process.

"I’m pleased the department will base its future leasing decisions on the strongest, most objective science available instead of campaign slogans, especially in areas that have previously been off-limits to drilling for decades," said Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara, an opponent of drilling…

Yes, all of these decisions will be made based on the most objective science. And not campaign slogans.

And just think what a stimulus this will be to the economy.

Sometimes it almost seems as if Mr. Obama wants us to have a Depression.

(Thanks to BillK for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, February 11th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Obama Puts US Coastal Drilling ‘On Hold’”

  1. BillK says:

    We all saw this coming, so it’s not even mildly surprising.

    From the San Francisco Chronicle:

    White House puts coastal drilling plans on hold

    By Zachary Coile

    President Obama is shelving a plan announced in the final days of the Bush presidency to open much of the U.S. coast to oil and gas drilling, including 130 million acres off California’s shores from Mendocino to San Diego…

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/02/11/MNB015R7TQ.DTL

    Because, you know, who needs that silly oil stuff.

    Wind, solar and geothermal will be the answer to everything, if only…

    Birds didn’t keep getting killed by windmills.

    We’d need to cover most of the West Coast with solar cells to generate the same power as a singe coal-fired power plant.

    Geothermal? Why, that requires drilling. Oooh, can’t have that, either.

    But you’ve got to love Salazar’s guts in stating:

    In my view, it was a headlong rush of the worst kind.

    In view of what his boss is trying to foist upon the American public.

  2. Reality Bytes says:

    In twenty years, we’ll all look back on this year & laugh saying, “Allah be praised. We were so foolish then. Praise God for our great leader, Iman Barack Hussein.

    • A Mad Pole says:

      At least those of us who survive biological and dirty-bomb attacks perpetuated by Obama-freed “freedom fighters” from Gitmo and their comrades.

  3. heykev says:

    I thought California was in DESPERATE need of money and jobs. This would give them some of both, guess we will just have to bail them out too. So much for energy independence…but hey, we have unlimited amounts of paper and ink, lets just print some more money!

    As long as were bailing out everyone and everything possible…here’s someone just as worthy and the banks and auto industry, and wse can bail them out for a mere 6k http://www.jessicaneedsanewnose.com/

  4. proreason says:

    Is there nothing he won’t do to insure the destruction of the country he hates so much?

  5. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    Why is there so much opposition to more drilling? A few months ago the mere mention of opening up these areas for operation made gas prices begin to drop significantly. It wouldn’t surprise me if the militant environmentalist were behind all this. Ken Salazar is an idiot. Others of his kind have no vision of how great this opportunity can be. Instead they focus on the worst case what if? scenarios it might bring. Like jobs, money, and less dependence from them.

  6. Confucius says:

    “It opened the possibility of oil and gas leases . . . with almost no consultation from states, industry or community input . . . .”

    Silly Americans. You have no input.


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